Educational Seminars June 10, 2024

Downsizing – What’s the Big Deal?

There are lots of reasons people consider downsizing.  Lots of people hesitate to do so.  What’s be big deal about downsizing? What keeps people from doing it when they know it makes sense?  I have assisted a lot of people with this, and I will say that one of the biggest reasons is it feels overwhelming.  What are you going to do with all your “stuff”?  Where are you going to go?  What about selling your current home?

All My “Stuff”

Let’s face it, most of us tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years.  The thought of going through it all can seem overwhelming.  There are two ways to approach this depending on whether you need to sell your home first or not.

If you need to sell first, then I would start by reaching out to family to take items that may have value or meaning to them.  After that, you have to take one room at a time and just sort.  Sort out what to keep, donate, sell or throw away.  There are donation centers that will come pickup from your home.  You can sell items at a garage sale or online through apps like Facebook.  Next, I would pack up items that you can live without while your home is for sale.

If you can move without selling, I would again reach out to family to take items.  Then I would pack what you plan to take and move.  The rest can be left to hold an estate sale.  Any items remaining after the estate sale can be donated.

Where will I go?

That is understandably a valid question.  This is a discussion to have with family and with a Realtor.  They can help you figure out what options will best fit your needs and wants.  Rely on their expertise and knowledge.

What about selling my current home?

If it’s been a while since you have sold a home, you may feel like there is a lot to do to prep your home for sale.  Again, I would reach out to a realtor who can guide you on what really needs to be done.  They can also connect to service people to help.

It all seems like a lot!

It can certainly seem like a lot!  I want you to know that there are people like me out there who are happy to streamline the process for you.  My goal is to make it less stressful!  I can be the point man who keeps everything on track.  I have been known to even do some packing, cleaning, painting and yard work.  I can arrange and oversee estate sales.  I can coordinate with family or realtors on the other end to make sure everything goes smoothly.

There are lots of great reasons for downsizing.  Downing can feel like a big deal!  Don’t let the thought of the process keep you from doing it.  Please give me a call and let’s figure out what is best for you.  Maybe the answer will be to stay in your current home.  Either way let me help you figure it out.  I promise my time and advice comes with no obligation on your part!